On March 17th, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that Israel coordinated its air raids on Damascus with terrorists, in a letter to the UN secretary general and the president of the Security Council.
The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry drew the world body’s attention to the simultaneity of the missile strike on Tuesday near Damascus and a deadly terrorist attack against a bus carrying Syrian government forces in the southwestern province of Dara’a.
This is indicative of “full cooperation and coordination” between Israel and its allied terrorists, on the one side, and the separatist groups, on the other, aimed at prolonging the foreign-backed crisis plaguing Syria, said the letter.
Late on March 16th, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported that the country had confronted a number of Israeli missiles fired from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights towards the areas surrounding the capital, Damascus.
Earlier in the day, at least 20 Syrian soldiers were killed in an ambush in Dara’a.
SANA didn’t specify any number killed, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, claimed that at least 21 Syrian forces had been killed in a militant ambush.
On March 15th, Syrian government forces foiled a “large-scale terrorist operation” by killing at least three terrorists and arresting three others who intended to launch attacks across Damascus.
In the letter, the Syrian Foreign Ministry further reminded the UN that the Israeli missile strike was “in flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution No.350 for 1974 regarding the Disengagement Forces treaty.”
It called on the Security Council “to assume its responsibility in maintaining the international security and peace, taking swift and decisive measures to prevent Israel from repeating such terrorist attacks, [and] holding it responsible for its crimes in violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions No. 242, 338, 350 and 497.”
The letter said such acts of aggression and “suspicious movements” will not affect Syria’s determination to continue fulfilling its constitutional rights and its legitimate war against terrorism.
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